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The discussion begins in the theater with the lights down low and the Jesus-films on the big screen. Walsh's commentary starts with the films themselves and the American Jesus(es) portrayed therein. Ironically, while we do not expect Jesus-films to "get Jesus or the gospels right," they do cast light on interesting literary and mythical features of the gospels - and on American culture. For Example, Arcand's Jesus of Montreal offers a fresh understanding of the apocalyptic discourse in Mark 13, and Shane and Pale Rider demonstrate that Americans desperately want a conquering hero to deal with their frustrations.
Walsh's book explores how people watch Jesus-films and what they take with them after the screen goes dark.
|Preface: Living amidst Stories|
|1||Telling Sacred Stories in Cathedral Cinemas||1|
|2||Films without Heroes||21|
|3||On Earth as in Heaven: Jesus of Montreal and Mark||45|
|4||Location, Location, Location: Godspell and the Teachings of Jesus||69|
|5||A Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Il Vangelo secondo Matteo and Matthew||95|
|6||The Alien and Alienating Past: King of Kings and Luke||121|
|7||Romancing the Past: The Greatest Story Ever Told and John||147|
|8||Coming to America||173|
|App||Portraying the Sacred in Film||187|
|Index of Names and Movies||203|